EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TITLE: CHILDREN TRAINING IS A GREAT LABOUR
DATE: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
TEXT: Genesis 18:17-19
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it’
Child training is a labour. It is a work to be done. It involves vision and action, because the Bible says, ” Train up a child in the way.” You must design the way you want your child to go. Child training is an activity that takes time. It means, you must create time to be with the child. You have to reduce your involvement in other things for the training. How do you put people in a class for training and the teacher is not there for them? You have to create time for the child. Child training is a challenge. It is a challenge because many things go against it. What do we say about the lazy man? What about the man who occupies himself with other things? What about the travelling man? What about the man that stays too far away from the family? What about the mother who is occupied with business or office work? It is laziness! You have no time but you spend a lot of time for yourself. Train your child and he shall give you peace and blessing, or leave him untrained and reap the shame and sorrow that follows later.
Child training involves planning, battling, prayers and wisdom. You must plan for it and take action according to your plan. Ask God for his wisdom and grace to achieve good result. It involves prayer. Pray for resources, effective materials and good connections; in case you are not where the child resides. Seek for the method or methods that you can use to succeed in this good work. It involves prayer and fasting to battle with forces of corruption over children. Right methods and right persons all have to be employed in the business of child training. It is because the child is not trained that she behaves badly. When your fingernails are not trimmed, we see dirt under them. You were too busy to cut them. Your forgetfulness keeps on increasing the dirt inside your fingernails. Children well-trained are a blessing. Happy is a man that has a number of well-trained children. It was said of John Wesley’s mother that she had many children, nine of which survived to adulthood and she decided to train them all to become ministers of God. She worked on them. All except, probably one, became ministers of the gospel. She gave them good training. She gave them time. You can do so too. Have a goal in training your children.
Thought for the day: A well trained child today is your peace tomorrow.
Song for the day: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old….
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 11-12; Matthew 18:21-35